Princes Risborough Church, Buckinghamshire

St. Mary’s Church has stood here since the Norman period, but nothing remains today that is any older than the 13th Century. The nave and a tower were built then, with aisles, porches etc. following in the 14th Century. This is probably when the spire was first added to the church.

This structure survived more or less intact until 1804 when the tower collapsed and took part of the building with it. The tower was hastily repair and a wooden spire was added and covered in zinc. This ‘temporary’ spire survived until 1908 when it was finally replaced by the current stone one.

The rest of the church went through extensive restoration around 1868 using some of the body of the original medieval structure.

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